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does a ballpark frank taste better when it's given to you by the vice president of the united states? we'll find out. i'm willy geist. this is way too early. scarf down eight hot dogs joey chestnut style before we go on the air. glad you're with us watching msnbc or listening live on sirius e-mail. i'm at "way too early." you know that by now. gentleman joe biden does. the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be the cram session for this thursday, september 9. lots to talk about today, including fidel castro telling an american journalist that communism doesn't work. he has not read a newspaper since 1989. plus, google finally did read
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our minds. a new program that anticipates what you're searching for and gives you all of the search rules before you've even told google what you're looking for. it's getting a little scary out here. but get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. new developments to tell you about this morning concerning a florida pastor who's planning to hold a burn a koran day on the anniversary of the september 11 attacks. the fbi says that although there's no evidence of the specific threat, incredible information that extremists may retaliate if the church goes through with the plans. pastor terry jones has received death threats from suspected extremist extremists. despite this and calls from the highest levels of the united states government, jones says he's been told by god to go forward with the event on saturday. in washington yesterday, secretary of state hillary clinton went so far as to say that the media should stop covering the issue as a, quote,
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act of patriotism. meanwhile, the state department has ordered u.s. embassies from around the world to assess their security ahead of this weekend's planned burden of proofing, citing fears that it could spark anti-american violence. general petraeus weighed in on the issue once again saying that the church's actions could haunt the united states for a long, long time. >> we're concerned that the images from the burning of a koran would be use in the same way that extremists used images from abu ghraib, that they would, in a sense, be indelible. they would be in cyberspace forever. they'd be nonbiodegradable. and they would be used by those who wish us ill to incite violence and inflame public opinion against us and against our mission here in afghanistan as well as our missions undoubtedly around the world. >> that's the position of the united states government. you heard some leaders,
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including mayor michael bloomberg and mayor of new york city and others defending the man's right defending the koran on personal rounds. all have said they're disgusted by the thought of it. meanwhile, the imam behind the proposed mosque 2 1/2 blocks from the project says relocating the project. if the center is moved, muslims worldwide could react more violently than they did in the bloody riots following the provocation of danish cartoons of the prophet, mohammed. >> the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. the headlines in the muslim world will be that islam is under attack.
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and unless some radicals in america are the radicals in the muslim world. he also addressed the remarks he made in the weeks after the attacks of september 11, the ones that caused controversy in which he called american politics, quote, an accessory to the attacks. >> we realize it was not a compassionate thing to say. i regret having used those words. it's part of my responsibility as a bridge builder to speak the truth about what's great about america, what we've done right, and what our less glorious moments. and many people feel that the iraq adventure, for example, has been one of the less glorious moments. but unless we're able to look and speak truthfully and understand the issues, then the conversation is going to devolve in to a situation where we're not going to be able to work and build bridges towards peace. >> the president, as you know, was pulled in the issue a few weeks ago. but now he's focusing on the economy, fighting to preserve
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his party's control of congress. president obama unveiled new economic proposals to create jobs and reduce the deficit. they include a permanent tax extension of the tax credit for research and innovation. the elimination of certain corporate tax breaks, implementation of a $50 billion infrastructure spending plan, and an end to bush-era tax cuts for the nation's highest earners. >> we should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer. we are ready this week if they want. to give tax cuts to every american making $250,000 or less. let me remind you that with those tax rates in place, under president clinton, this country created 22 million jobs and raised incomes and had the largest surplus in our history. >> those tax cuts are going to be a hot-button issue as we turn to the november elections. in the same speech, president obama called on voters to reject
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republican policies. it was a very political speech. the accused republicans of distorting history by saying that democrats are responsible for the nation's sky-high unemployment rate and ballooning deficit. president obama also repeatedly singled out house minority leader john boehner who appeared in cleveland a couple of weeks ago calling on the president to fire his entire economic team. >> a few weeks ago, the republican leader of the house came here to cleveland and offered his party's answer to our economic challenges. there were no new policies for mr. boehner. there were no new ideas. there was just the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decade that they were in power. the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place. >> and in to the politics of the speech, the president used congressman boehner's name over and over again using him as a punching bag, really, using his
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name no less than seven times during the speech. >> when these same republicans, including mr. boehner, were in charge, the number of ear marks and pet projects went up. not down. there were no new policies for mr. boehner. mr. boehner so far said no to infrastructure. mr. boehner and the republicans in congress said no. when mr. boehner was here in cleveland, he attacked us -- >> let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else -- i'll bet this seems like common sense. but not to mr. boehner and his allies. >> president not even attempting to hide his contempt for john boehner and rep pubs for standing in his way. boehner ro rolled out his own economic plan before president obama delivered the speech yesterday urging an extension of the tax cuts, he offered the rebuttal to obama's speech, it
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reads in part, if the president is serious about finally focusing on the jobs, a good start would be taking the advice of the recently departed budget director and freezing all tax rates, coupled with government spending to where it was before the bailouts, government takeovers, and stimulus spending sprees. that's from the minority leader john boehner. secretary of state hillary clinton warning that america's growing debt poses a national security threat. secretary of state clinton urged both democrats and republicans to tackle the problem because she believes it projects a, quote, weakness internationally. >> our rising debt levels poses a national security threat. it undermines our capacity to act in our own interests. and it does constrain us where constraint may be undesirable. and it also sends a message of weakness internationally. >> hillary clinton speaking of the council on foreign relations
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yesterday. and in a rare interview with an american journalist, former cuban leader fidel castro admits that the communist economic model he puts in place half a century ago no longer works for cuba. he made the comments to a correspondent for the atlantic magazine, jeffrey goldberg who travelled to cuba at the request of castro. castro did not elaborate on that point about communism. the leader was not rejecting the ideas of the revolution, but rejected that the state has too big of a role in the economic life of the country. in the same interview, castro criticized iranian president mahmud ahmadinejad for what he called his anti-semetic attitudes and for denying the holocaust. fidel castro interview with the atlantic. still ahead on "way too early," the nfl kicks off with brett favre and the vikings going for new orleans for a rematch of the championship
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game. but, first, favre gets in a little whining about the way he's been treated by the media. the media? we'll explain. and google gets scary. the company introduces a new program that basically reads your mind. anticipating what you're searching for, and give you the results before you can complete your thought. we'll explain after a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back.
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5:43 in the morning. a beautiful picture of the washington monument. from meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >> air conditioner is off. >> it's cool. >> cool outside. >> put it away for good. save some money for once. a hot summer. yesterday was once again in the 90s. we're seeing signs of fall. the jet stream controls the weather, where we get our heat from or the cool air. it's dipping down from canada, the great lakes, and new england. it's going to be a big story in the next couple of days. a big change in the weather pattern. the tropical storm in texas, all of the flooding and horrible weather. oklahoma, little rock's getting some heavy rain, northern arkansas, and the ozarks of missouri. that's where the flash flooding will be today. not quite as bad as yesterday. the forecast, gorgeous around chicago. perfect weather out here this morning. it's chilly. this afternoon will warm up nicely. the southern half ofhe country, you're not getting the taste of fall yet. we're not getting a couple of
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weeks. in the 90s, florida back to texas. as far as we look to the friday forecast, not a lot of changes, quiet weather pattern across the country. finally in dc which saw one of the hottest temperatures ever, temperatures 70s, about 80. that's it. no 90s for once. >> very pleasant. >> good for the teachers and kids back in school too. >> better than the 110 it's been all summer. bill, thanks so much. finally here. you've been waiting since february. the nfl season begins tonight with the defending super bowl champs, new orleans saints taking on the vikings, the team that beat the nfc championship game to go to the super bowl. two teams with plenty of off of the field drama as well. on one side of the ball, the saints' running back, reggie bush has been in the news. yahoo! sports reporting heisman trust considering stripping bush of the heisman trophy he won in his college career at usc. they denied they're stripping him. looking into the matter.
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yesterday, reporters asked bush if he met with officials about the heisman trophy. >> did you meet with them in new york? >> i can neither confirm nor deny i did. the focus is on the vikings tomorrow. that's where i'm at. as if this game didn't have enough distractions with it, you know, there's -- there's more to come. >> more to come. on the other side of the ball, the vikings' 40-something quarterback brett favre will enter his 20th nfl season tonight. he was under fire again this year in the preseason for delaying his decision to return to the vikings for one more season. in an interview yesterday with sirius nfl radio, favre had some words, this is rich, for the media and its coverage of the decision. the media that worshipped him. it's media frenzy world and nothing goes untouched or untalked about. i quietly -- i thought quietly this offseason trying to make the decision. once we got months before camp, the media started camping out at
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my gate. i never asked them to come, never asked them to talk about it. the vikings and the saints kick off tonight at 7:30 p.m. that's in new orleans. guess where you can watch it? right here on nbc. i guess this isn't nbc. right there on nbc. now to baseball. yankees begin the day a game and a half up on the rays in the al east taking on the orioles. the orioles are about to sweep the yankees. down by a run in the bottom of the ninth, the yanks needed this. nick swisher, goes deep, a two run walkoff. the yankees win the game, 3-2, st. nick. but the rays have a chance to keep pace, taking on the red sox at fenway park. but, the red sox have their way with the rays pitching. they hit five home runs, four in to the monster seats. the red sox crush the rays, 11-5. 2 1/2 back of the yankees. they play the yankees seven more times, though, before the end of the season. this is a long way from over.
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u.s. open quarterfinals. third ranked novak djokovic taking on 17th ranked guile munfills. he tries the between the legs thing. totally unnecessary. it's one thing when you're running and catching up to a lob, federer does it, you didn't need this. step aside, hit a forehand, tries to get cute, go to the net. time to stop that unless your name is roger federer. he wins in straight sets and moves on to take on federer in semifinals. google wants to make searching quicker. it launched someth mind-reading . here's what you can expect. >> results appear automatically as you type with no need to hit enter or the search button. as soon as you see what you need predicted in grey text, stop typing. >> before you finish your
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thought, it knows what you're thinking. george lewis visited the headquarters to figure out why the company is making the switch. >> reporter: google, normally a pretty secretive place, gave us unprecedented access to what they call their war rooms. meetings where people stand passionately debating the overhaul. >> fast, easy -- speaking quickly, they keep a stopwatch running. >> that was 12:35. >> and what is it they're working on, exactly? google instant, speeding up search. >> you can add a word and you can see the results updating. if you remove a word -- >> for those who find it annoying, the engineers keep updating the process. in a place resembling a police interrogation room with two-way mirrors, they showed me how they track the eye movements of test subjects to speed up the interaction.
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how much faster is it? >> 20% faster. insanely fast. >> reporter: this is a small sample of the 1 billion search requests google gets daily. by shaving 2 to 5 seconds off of each request, that's a savings of 63 and 153 years every day. but as google speeds up, the search business is slowing in growth. "fortune" magazine asked, is google over? as the company competes with facebook and microsoft bing for ad dollars. >> google is evolving. i don't think this is for google to play catchup to bing or anybody else. >> evolving to meet a global need for speed. george lewis, nbc news, mountain view, california. >> george, thank you so much. goggle calling this, perhaps, the most significant development in its 12-year history. coming up in the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama stops trying to hide his contempt for republicans as he was before, calling them this out in a political speech designed to introduce new
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economic proposals. we'll hear from the president and his target, john boehner. and when we come back here, huddle around the water cooler. while his boss was talking about the economy, joe biden was serving hot dogs on colbert. much more fun. why he was dealing dogs when "way too early" comes right back. [ whistling ] [ dog barking ] [ sniffing ] [ male announcer ] missing something? like 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99 at sears optical, with bifocal lenses for just $25 more per pair. hurry in to sears optical today and don't miss a thing. sadly, no. oh. but i did pick up your dry cleaning and had your shoes shined. well, i made you a reservation at the sushi place around the corner. well, in that case, i better get back to these invoices... which i'll do right after making your favorite pancakes. you know what? i'm going to tidy up your side of the office. i can't hear you because i'm also making you a smoothie. [ male announcer ] marriott hotels & resorts knows it's better for xerox to automate their global invoice process
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failure to pay for two wars and two tax cuts for the wealthy helped turn a record surplus into a record deficit. >> president obama in cleveland outlining the plans to jump start the economy partially allowing the bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire by the end of the year. whether that will increase revenue is widely debated. if you want to sound smart, irs revenues fell by $400 billion to $2.35 trillion in fiscal year 2009. the treasury department cited the economic downturn, of course, with the increased number of people with complex tax issues, whatever that means. and the real news -- huddle up for tv news. we have our replacement. it's been speculated on for months. larry king will move aside in december and make way for piers
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morgan, the british journalist turned "america's got talent" judge here on nbc. he will keep that job for the popular show. piers morgan known for his interview style in great britain. he goes celebrity, political, the whole thing. there's your man right there. piers morgan taking over for larry king come january. we'll miss larry. we'll have a tribute with the greatest moments later in the year. we have lots of them. last night, steven colbert with a salute to the troops. he's usually in character. he has been strong for his support for the troops in real life too. he put on a show called "been there won that -- the returnification." mindful there are 50,000 of them in that country. but, the special guests, vice president joe biden, a man he had on to serve dogs to the
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troops. >> we are serving you real american food. we've even got a hot dog cart. you know what? you know what? i'll take -- i'll take a dog. hey, hey, hot dog, guy. >> hey -- >> hot dog guy! hey -- >> to you, it's mr. vice president hot dog guy. >> sir, i'm sorry. i didn't expect the vice president to serve hot dogs. >> read your constitution, man, i got two constitutional duties. >> i thought it was just in the senate. >> the other is giving hot dogs to returning warriors. there you go, a salute to the troops with steven colbert and vice president joe biden. still ahead on "way too early," while you're awake. your irresponsible e-mails and texts and "morning joe" just moments away. when i was seventeen, i was not good to my skin.
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